Barys, G, 3 G, saves percentage 96.67%, GAA 0.97
Barys had an incredibly strong week, and its goalie Eddie Pasquale has been a massive part of it. The Kazakh team had a two-game road trip on the Urals, facing Metallurg and Avtomobilist, and beaten both sides the same way – 2-1 OT. In both games, Pasquale was instrumental for Barys, stopping 32 and 34 shots respectively to give his team two significant victories against Eastern Conference rivals. On Sunday, Pasquale and his side returned home to face Dinamo Minsk – it was a more comfortable win for the Kazakhs, who celebrated in style the club's 20th birthday, and Pasquale had "only" 21 saves – still good for a saves percentage of more than 95%. If that's not enough, last week the Canadian netminder had a shutout streak of 105 minutes and 42 seconds. Right now, Barys is the third seed in the Eastern Conference's standings, and they played fewer games than all their rivals.
Barys, D, 3 G, 4 (1+3) points, +2
The Finn defenseman missed the 18-19 season in the KHL, returning to Karpat, where he spent most of his career. The blueliner started the 19-20 campaign with HC Lugano in Switzerland, then moved to Barys in early November. In less than a month in the Kazakh capital, Atte Ohtamaa already managed to become a key player for Skabelka's lineup. He regularly eats up more than 20 minutes on the blueline and excels in doing so. Moreover, the veteran blueliner is more known for his defensive qualities, but in Nur-Sultan, he wrote his name in the scoresheets seven times in eight games – and with more than a point per game in his most recent three matches, he was awarded Best Defenseman honors last week. If wins are built on goaltending and defense, Skabelka has at his disposal two fantastic pieces in Pasquale and Ohtamaa.
Sibir, F, 3 G, 6 (3+3) points, +2
Novosibirsk had a great week, winning two away games and forcing Ak Bars to OT in Kazan. Mikael Ruohomaa was fantastic for Sibir – especially in the two wins over Jokerit and Severstal. After being silent in the first game of the week in Tatarstan, Ruohomaa was nothing short than great in his native Finland against Jokerit. Actually, his whole Finnish line was on fire that day, with Juuso Puustinen and Jukka Peltola scoring two points each as Sibir moved from Helsinki after a phenomenal 4-1 away win. Two days later, on Sunday, Severstal and Sibir scored a combined ten goals in Cherepovets, but Sibir had two more as the teams shared tallies in a high-tempo, and high-thrill game. Once again, the Finns were hard to contain, producing three goals for the guests. This year, Sibir lacks consistency, but for now, the team lies in an encouraging seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Sibir, F, 3 G, 4 (2+2) points, +1
In his second year in Novosibirsk, Jukka Peltola is showcasing excellent chemistry with Ruohomaa and Puustinen as their line is in a hot streak recently, with multipoint games coming from Ruohomaa and Peltola in two games in a row last week. Peltola looked impressive, especially against Jokerit, when the whole Finn unit was on fire to gift Sibir a somewhat unexpected 4-1 away win over Jokerit – where Peltola contributed with two assists. Two days later, the Finn forward assisted Ruohomaa's powerplay goal in the first period, then found twin himself in the third stanza to give Sibir a comfortable two-goal lead before the teams traded goals later on to seal the score on the final 6-4. Next week, Sibir and Jokerit will face again, but this time in Novosibirsk.
SKA, F, 3 G, 5 (2+3) points, +5
SKA and Jarno Koskiranta had a slow start of the season, but now they both look unstoppable. The Army club is on an eight-game winning streak, and Koskiranta amassed points in all three matches last week, helping SKA to climb up in the standings. The Finn's contribution was crucial especially against Sochi: Koskiranta scored two even-strength tallies – including the game-winning goal in the second period. Moreover, the #4 also assisted on Andrei Kuzmenko's goal midway through the game. The veteran forward is an important part of the SKA's lineup, and he will be asked to repeat such stellar performance as the season grows older.